This is a contributing post by Ana Morales. She is into all kinds of music and has phenomenal playlists (that I like to steal) so I asked her to write something about music. Love of music and diabetes is something we all have in common and not only is music entertaining, it can be quite a life saver, too.
To me, listening to music is a wonderful way to relieve stress and feel better on a not-so-good day. The following playlist contains songs that are not only great musically, but also contain messages that we as diabetics can apply to our lives. For each song I have selected a phrase or multiple phrases that I felt were especially inspirational. Read on and enjoy!
1. “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles
“There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.” For years the Beatles have blessed the world and the music industry with simple yet extremely memorable songs. This particular song reminds us that when we put love into everything we do, we can do anything. Keeping an open heart as you work to maintain control of your diabetes will allow you to accept challenges and overcome them.
2. “The Heart of Life” by John Mayer
“You know its nothing new, bad news never had good timing.” How many times have we told ourselves, “This is the worst thing that could happen to me right now…”? Well at what time would you have preferred it? We can’t let ourselves dwell on the bad things that have happened to us. Instead, we have to put our energy into learning, moving forward, and improving.
3. “Soul to Squeeze” by Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Its bitter baby and its very sweet. I’m on a rollercoaster, but I’m on my feet.” Even during times of sickness, extreme stress, or just hard times, we have to remember to stay on our feet because diabetes never takes a break.
4. “Float On” by Modest Mouse
“Bad news comes, don’t you worry even when it lands. Good news will work its way to all them plans.” Here it is again! Keep moving forward!
5. “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen
“Hallelujah is a Hebrew word which means ‘Glory to the Lord.’ The song explains that many kinds of Hallelujahs do exist. I say: All the perfect and broken Hallelujahs have an equal value. It’s a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way but with enthusiasm, with emotion.” These are not lyrics; rather, it is how Cohen described the meaning behind this infamous song, which I find to be more important. Diabetes may not be something we love having, but it is something we are able to learn from and take advantage of. Read 5 Things I have gained from having diabetes for a more in-depth discussion on this.
6. “Fix You” by Coldplay
“When you try your best, but you don’t succeed. When you get what you want, but not what you need…” Remain faithful and don’t give up when your efforts seem fruitless. Every step you take towards a healthier life will be worth it in the end.
7. “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
“Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing gonna be alright.” Maintaining a positive attitude will help you in all aspects of your life, including your diabetes control.
8. “Suddenly I See” by KT Tunstall
“She’s got the power to be, the power to give, the power to see.” Despite having this terrible disease, you are SO able to do things! Be thankful for that and don’t waste a second feeling sorry for yourself.
9. “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World
“It just takes some time, little girl, you’re in the middle of the ride. Everything everything will be just fine. Everything everything will be alright, alright.” What he said. Be patient and know that goals are reachable but not all are achieved immediately. Don’t be discouraged when you don’t see results as soon as you had hoped.
10. “Dream City” by Free Energy
“You know deep down you can find a better way. Tired of feeling bad, don’t you wonder why you keep telling yourself it’s alright.” Another good point. Even several of the songs on this list say that “everything will be alright.” This is true, but only if you make an effort to make everything alright. You have to learn and accept that getting better requires hard work and sacrifice. Don’t expect everything to be easy.
11. “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae
“Maybe sometimes we feel afraid, but it’s alright.” Remember to take time to relaxxx! Don’t be fooled; that is also part of taking care of yourself. Diabetes is a scary thing, but its controllable, so don’t let it take over your life.
12. “Help Yourself” by Sad Brad Smith
“But we’re willing to wait on you. We believe in everything that you can do if you would only lay down your mind. I want you to try to help yourself.” Be thankful for the people in your life that have helped you along the way, but don’t solely depend on them. You are the person in charge when it comes to your health so don’t neglect that responsibility.
13. “Lost” by Coldplay
“Just because I’m hurting, doesn’t mean I’m hurt.” There are moments in our lives that seem especially bad, but don’t let those moments bring you down. Instead, learn from them.
14. “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root
“Send me on my way.” Don’t let diabetes stop you from doing what you love. Just be cautious and ready to adapt if necessary in order to maintain good control.
15. “We Are the Champions” by Queen
“But it’s been no bed of roses, no pleasure cruise. I consider it a challenge before the whole human race, and I ain’t gonna lose.” This popular sports event song is also the perfect anthem for us diabetics. Everyday we make it through with this disease is proof of how strong we are, even when we don’t feel like it.
16. “Beautiful Day” by U2
“It’s a beautiful day, don’t let it get away.” Enjoy your life. Diabetes doesn’t have to stop you from doing that.
17. “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson
“I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways.” Once again, it starts with you. Commit to taking care of yourself and others will be inspired to do the same.
18. “McFearless” by Kings of Leon
“So I know I must show, its my show, I must go, with my soul, not my hand, where I stand, its my role, its my soul. “ Let out your inner rock star and live life with confidence and passion. Do what is necessary, even if it scares you.
19. “Soul Meets Body” by Death Cab for Cutie
“I want to live where soul meets body, and let the sun wrap its arms around me, and bathe my skin in water cool and cleansing, and feel, feel what its like to be new.” Take time to pamper yourself every once in a while, even if it’s just an at-home pedicure or five extra minutes in the shower.
20. “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy
“Oh yes, I am wise, but its wisdom born of pain. Yes, I paid the price, but look how much I gained. If I have to, I can do anything. I am strong. I am invincible. I am woman.” Learn from your mistakes; God knows we all make them. Grow and teach others the things you’ve learned on your journey. And most importantly, be the strong, invincible woman you know you can be!